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Poster: bluedevil Date: Mar 25, 2009 10:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A show of hands... for this?

paging Adam Ant.... Time to break out the hairspray and mascara...

It's 'True': Spandau Ballet to reform
Iconic 1980s glam pop band Spandau Ballet to reform for world tour

Band will play together for first time in 20 years in Dublin on October 13

Spandau Ballet's sound, style and attitude came to define the 1980s

Band split in 1989; several members unsuccessfully sued songwriter Gary Kemp
LONDON, England (CNN) -- "Why do I find it hard to write the next line?" If you recognize the lyric then brace yourself for some good news.

Twenty years since their acrimonious split, Spandau Ballet -- the pin-up boys who helped shaped the sound of 1980s glam pop -- have announced the first dates of what band members say will be a full world tour.

The fronted by Tony Hadley-fronted band, who enjoyed worldwide success with hits such as "True" and "Gold," will launch their comeback in Dublin, Ireland, on October 13 before playing seven dates across the UK.

Wednesday's announcement took place onboard HMS Belfast, a retired Royal Navy moored in the Thames that was the scene of a key early gig by the band in 1980 that launched them on the road to global stardom.

"It is impossible to stress too highly how achingly fashionable Spandau Ballet were in the winter of 1979 and the summer of 1980," GQ magazine editor Dylan Jones writes in a biography of the band.

Formed at a London school in 1979, Spandau Ballet went on to sell 25 million records worldwide, emerging out of the post-punk "New Romantic" music scene.

Along with fellow British band Duran Duran, their sound, style and attitude came to define an era dominated by ostentatious glamour, gold lame suits and big hair.

"Not only did their albums sell by the millions, but their look and style impacted on the fashion world and beyond," said a press release, summing up the band's influence on the decade.

"They created their own style, combining creativity with entrepreneurship and the 'can do' spirit of early 80s youth at a time of crisis and upheaval eerily reminiscent of 2009. Spandau Ballet are both commercially and culturally enormous."

Following the band's split in 1989, several members including Hadley unsuccessfully sued main songwriter Gary Kemp for a larger share of songwriting royalties.

Since then, Hadley has appeared in the London production of the hit musical "Chicago" and also won an 80s revivalist reality TV show "Reborn in the USA." Several other members of the band have carved out moderately successful acting careers.



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Poster: dilcurrie Date: Mar 25, 2009 11:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A show of hands... for this?

i live 30 miles from dublin and i wont be bothering!

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Poster: Dead Surfer Date: Mar 25, 2009 12:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A show of hands... for this?

None-no Jerry,no Brent,no way but I hope you have fun at the shows.

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Poster: Ole Uncle John Date: Mar 26, 2009 5:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Have fun though!

I have zero interest in going to see them anymore.

Saw the Jerryless Futhur Festival in 96 and realized it was all over for me.

I hope all who go have a blast, especially those who may have arrived too late to experience the GD.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Mar 27, 2009 4:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Have fun though!

ole john, considering the lineup in '96 I don't blame you, I saw the show that year at the Shoreline & I was underwhelmed. I think that was even before The Other Ones..like...Ratdog & Friends(?) I'll have to check.
Anyway, the scene was enjoyable. It was definitly worth the price of a ticket to see some post-Garcia New Year Shows and Phil & Friends @ 1999>2001.

Dammit Jerry! All that talent & cash and you could'nt make health a priority! He chose his path and died in the process. Of course we'll all die of something, but health is somewhat in ones own sphere of control. 52yrs old is way too young to check out, if you can help it.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Mar 25, 2009 12:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A show of hands... for this?

Come on! Don't you want to see the lovely ladies that turn out for this - close to 30 odd years later?

Saving my bucks for that Banarama/Kid Creole & The Coconuts reunion tour (they might play a state fair with Flock of Seagulls).

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Poster: dilcurrie Date: Mar 25, 2009 1:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A show of hands... for this?

frank turners actually on the same night - probably a much better punt

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Mar 25, 2009 1:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A show of hands... for this?

David Byrne Dispels Talking Heads Reunion Rumors


The rumor mills have been spinning with talk of a possible Talking Heads reunion, but it looks like David Byrne has dispelled these hopeful thoughts. Sorry Talking Heads fans, but it looks like you’ll be more likely to see Byrne twirling around in a tutu on stage these days, than seeing him team up with his former band anytime soon.

In response to an interview with Metro, Byrne said “I’m not keen and it’s unlikely to happen. I don’t need the money badly enough.” Talking Heads haven’t been on stage together since 2002 when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

The band split up in 1991, and Byrne has been busy with numerous side projects since, including his record label Luaka Bop and most recently, his collaboration with New York dance trio Brazilian Girls on “Losing Myself” — Byrne’s third hip-hop/dance collab of 2009 according to Rolling Stone.

Byrne will be taking the stage in June as one of the headliners for this year’s Bonnaroo music festival, so if you need your Talking Heads fix, don’t worry. Byrne will most likely be taking your mind on a classically conceptual “Head trip” — adorned with tutus and props galore.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 25, 2009 3:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A show of hands... for this?

Crap.

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Poster: dilcurrie Date: Mar 25, 2009 1:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A show of hands... for this?

that is frightening thought - im saving my euros for nofx and frank turner and maybe some of the other oldies crossing the pond this summer

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